Marine repair programs are available at 2-year colleges. Programs are often available at the diploma, certificate and associate's degree levels.
Schools with Marine Repair Programs
These schools offer undergraduate marine repair programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*|
|Kingsborough Community College||Brooklyn, NY||2-year, Public||Associate's||$5,202 in-state, $8,082 out-of-state|
|Honolulu Community College||Honolulu, HI||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,910 in-state, $7,902 out-of-state|
|Skagit Valley College||Mount Vernon, WA||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$4,200 in-state, $4,700 out-of-state|
|Cape Fear Community College||Wilmington, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,654 in-state, $8,798 out-of-state|
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,753 in-state, $8,875 out-of-state|
|Massasoit Community College||Brockton, MA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,488 in-state, $9,432 out-of-state|
|Chattanooga State Community College||Chattanooga, TN||2-year, Public||Diploma||$3,973 in-state, $15,373 out-of-state|
|Austin Community College||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate||$9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state|
|Fletcher Technical Community College||Schriever, LA||2-year, Public||Diploma, Certificate||$3,951 in-state, $7,474 out-of-state|
|New England Institute of Technology||East Greenwich, RI||4-year, Private-not-for-profit||Associate's||$23,031|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
Students should consider these things when looking for a marine repair technology school:
- Prospective students should look for schools with clean, up-to-date workrooms. It is also important to find out if students are required to purchase their own tools, or if the school provides access to industry-standard equipment.
- Schools that are affiliated with local marinas and dealerships may offer additional hands-on opportunities or internships.
- Some schools offer programs specifically in marine equipment repair, while others include training within broader equipment repair programs. Students can choose between them based on their academic interests and career goals.
- Students in marine repair programs usually need to be able to lift heavy objects, climb ladders and perform other physical tasks, so they aspiring repair workers should make sure they are in good physical shape before applying to a program.
Certificate and Diploma Programs
Certificate and diploma programs that cover marine repair typically consist of a short series of theoretical and hands-on courses that help students build the skills they need for an entry-level job in the field. Topics of study include engine systems, power generation, internal combustion engines, outboard engines and inboard engines. In some programs, courses are held in the evenings and on weekends in order to accommodate the needs of working professionals. At most schools, they take less than two years to complete.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate's degree programs in marine repair and closely related fields usually take two years to complete. The curriculum is often similar to that of certificate programs, combining theoretical coursework with practical skills training. However, students must also fulfill general education requirements. A cooperative work experience may also be included in the curriculum.
Prospective marine repair technicians should look for schools that offer a combination of classroom work and hands-on training in a facility with modern equipment and experienced instructors. Students may also look for programs that offer internships for hands-on opportunities.